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>> it seems a woman on death row in the state of georgia is about out of options. she was sentenced to death for convincing her lover to murder her husband. the u.s. supreme court denied a last ditch stay of execution. >> martin savage has been following the story and joins us live from atlanta. just spring us up to speed with where things stand right now. is she out of options? does she have any more chances of reprieve on the state level? just help us on where things stand? >> yeah, they' got thereon a number of different legal hurdles and also gone for the georgia parole board. there are very few options left. i won't say none. as long as she's alive her lawyers are going to hope there's some last ditch effort.
first of all, they had to go through the parole and pardons board of georgia. there was a hearing held in the state. it lasted for a number of hours. there was system given, even by her own children. they said don't give her death, give her life in prison. that did not happen. that set up a whole series of legal actions taken up on the part of the legal team. what they were essentially arguing was number one, look, the co-conspirator in this case, she is convicted of murdering her husband, but she didn't actually do the crime. that was done by her boyfriend. he had a separate trial. he had a lesser conviction. in fact, he got essentially life in prison with the opportunity for parole. she didn't actually carry out the deed, even though she planned it. she gets death. many of those opposed to the
death penalty says this shows you the flagrant discrepancies in the legal system here in the u.s. but time after time, whether it was the u.s. georgia supreme court, whether it was the u.s. supreme court, every one of those turned down. and now it appears her very last hope, which rested with the u.s. supreme court which they went to not once, but twice to tonight, that appears to have failed as well. ironically, she has been to this threshold, i guess you could say twice before. in february, they halted her execution due to bad weather. then about a month later, they halted it again because they looked at the chemicals to be used and felt maybe they were cloudy and possibly wo wouldn't carry out the lethal execution. and now we're to the threshold again. some have said that is beyond what is considered fair and also humane in this case. but it appears they're going to
go forward with this execution. she would be the first woman executed in georgia in 70 years. john and aisha. >> appreciate the update .i know you're going to stay on this for us. stand by for us for some more perspective. let's bring in lisa bloom who joins us now in the studio. she's a trial lawyer and analyst with avo.com. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> let me pick up on what martin just said. she would be the first woman to be executed in georgia in a number of years. she did not kill her husband. she would also be the first nontrigger person to be executed if this goes ahead. many people don't understand why despite the appeal for clemency, the post intervening, the fact that she's turned her life around. >> the fact that her children have been begging for their life to be spared. they're not just her children, it's the children of the victim.
but they have turned her life around. all of that seems to have fallen on deaf ears, bowe in the georgia parole board and the supreme court on the if ted ral side, all the way up to the georgia court of appeals and the supreme court on the state side and they've all been rejected. >> we have these live images outside the prison there. jackson, georgia, many gathering outside to show their support. one thing which i find interesting, you mention the pope made this plea. peter denied jesus three times. here in the united states over the next 72 hourser the u.s. will be denying the pope three time. he was here pleading for the sanctity of life and to spare people on death row. he made a personal plea for her here. what is behind this flurry of activity with prisoners being put to death it? 's six over the next couple of weeks. >> that's right. we still have the death penalty here in the u.s. 32 states still awe lie it, although 80% of people put to death in the u.s. is just in
three states -- florida, texas and missouri. but we still do it. unfortunately the pope doesn't get a vote. the people of the county don't get a vote. even the victim's family members only have a limited say. it's up to the parole board. i want to also add that the victims other family members, other than his children, they are strongly in favor of the penalty. >> this is a fair penalty for the crime. >> that's what they say. they say they have waited for 18 years, enough is enough. she's had every possible appeal and she has to pay for what she did. and the sentence that was imposed by the judge must be carried out. >> we know that the european union has banned the export of execution drugs to the united states. how is that impacting the application of the death penalty here? >> that's a very interesting issue. we've used all sorts of methods, hanging, fire squad, and now it's generally lethal injection. and some places have had a real tough time executing prisoners because they can't get the medication and the drugs that
they need. in fact, in the case of this very woman, one of the prior dates on which she was supposed to be executed was postponed because the medication was too cloudy. and so they decided to put it off. now here she is many months later. >> is there a problem for people of the united states that essentially they're in the company of countries like china, like iraq, like saudi arabia, north korea, countries which routinely execute their own citizens. >> listen, absolutely. and there are many anti-death penalty activists here in the united states that make that very argument. make the argument that over 100 people on death row have been exonerated. meaning proved innocent. how many of those who have been executed were actually innocent? to me, that's probably the strongest argument against the death penalty. it's irreversible. you can't fix it. >> great to have you with us. appreciate your insight. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. now to another developing story, the u.s. is pulling its spies out of china, following the hack on the u.s. office of personnel management.
a u.s. official tells cnn, the country believes chinese hackers were behind the breach which exposed the personal data of more than 21 million u.s. government workers. >> justice correspondent evan perez joins us. how many intelligence agents do we know are impacted by this? essentially how many are being pulled out of chien sna. >> well, we don't know an exact number, but what we do know is that the chinese have a very good idea of who our u.s. intelligence agency employees in beijing because they have so much data on who exactly really works for the state department. there are 21.5 million employees of the u.s. government whose data was stolen in this hack. and one of the things we' been hearing for several months, john, has been that the cia was pretty confident that their data was not stolen. the nsa was pretty confident their data was not stolen. well, the problem is that now
the chinese have a very good idea. they have a roster of everybody who works at the state department. and because of that, they can verse engineer a list of people who aren't on their list, and they can figure out who works for the cia, the nsa, the defense intelligence agency. so all of these people are going to have to be pulled out, simply because their data will now be -- will now be found out by chinese. >> yeah, process of elimination, essentially. so long-term, though, how hard will it be to replace these agents? >> they have a vast universe of data on u.s. government workers. they know who's gone through the process of getting security clearance and it takes years to train people to be able to go to a place like china. they have to have some familiarity with the country. it takes years to train these people.
soo the fear i'm hearing from intelligence officials here in the united states is that for years, the chinese are going to have a pretty good idea of who is working for the cia and other intelligence agency, and they're going to have to figure out other ways to get human intelligence from them. >> evan perez on the line from washington thank you. >> thank you. well, this all comes after u.s. president barack obama met with chinese president x xi jianping in the united states. online espionage is one of the topics they discussed. i know we're working to get chinese government reaction to this development. but today, what's been the chinese goth's position on this hacking of the u.s. government's personnel office? >> they have time and time again, this is certainly not a state-sponsored hacking.
hacking of any kind for commercial property. we saw that deal last week. going to the united states, the chinese government released a statement saying blaming them for the hack is not responsible and counterproductive. but as you say, we haven't got any official word today. there is a ministry of foreign affairs briefing later. we're going to be asking questions for you there. aisha? >> as you mentioned, there was a deal struck or an understanding w reached during president xi's first state visit last week. the question many has is, the details of that understanding, and is any agreement likely to stick? >> what they agreed on was they
don't indulge in any cyberespionage related to intellectual property. the theft of corporate ideas which would please, of course, businesses which have long been complaining about cyberhacking coming from china again. having said that, it doesn't cover, of course, traditional cyber espionage. last week when i was reporting on this, i spoke with an expert at toronto university monk school who said the united states is one of the best, if not the best, intelligence gatherers of information in the cyber world itself. and that is the main sticking point between china and the united states. everyone knows that everyone is doing it.
how far do you go. and what are the limits? china says we know the u.s. is doing this and why don't we? that's why it might not stick for longs the u.s. wants it to. >> very, very interesting. interesting perspective there. thank you. >> a short break here on qcnn newsroom." the u.s. and coo bah breaking the ground work for better relations. a look at what each side wants from the other. >> plus, donald trump's tax plan is getting trashed by his opponent. the issues they have with the business mogul's proposal just ahead. romantic moments can happen spontaneously, so why pause to take a pill?
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>> the united nations raised the palestinian flag in its u.n. headquarters today. outside the building, traditionally, only member states flags are on display outside the u.n. tower. >> the palestinian authority has nonmember observer stall tus and the palestinians see this as another step towards cementing a place within the international community. >> we have been talking to israelis and palestinians about their reaction to the flag
raising. how much significance are people attaching to this flag raising. >> this is a proud moment for palestinians. but they say this has to last more than a moment. this has to be followed by concrete steps towards a palestinian state. it's a proud moment for israelis. different reactions there. some who support a two-state solution and some who do not. >> symbols can carry tremendous significance. perhaps no symbol stirs up more emotions and controversy than the palestinian flag. you'll see the flag in bethlehem in the west bank and now you'll find the palestinian flag at the united nations. >> the palestinian flag will be raised at the united nations. what does that mean to you? >> it means -- that's what it means for us as a pill stanni stannians. that maybe this is the beginning to get the freedom.
>> it's the first step forward. i hope it will be followed. >> we don't want to see only flag. >> what does it change here? >> in essence nothing much in theory or geology. it means that people are beginning to recognize us. >> if the flag doesn't support strong, it's only color. >> twe asked the israelis the same question. >> the palestinian flag will be raised at the u.n. for the first time. what do you think about that? >> i don't agree with that. >> i'm very happy for that, and i hope it means that it's only a
beginning for something more than initial action. >> they have had many opportunities to bring peace to the land, to flourish. our leaders have offered them amazing deals. and i feel that at this point in time to give them any credence in the world audience is totally insulting to humanity. >> so for palestinians a very significant flag raising on their path towards recognition of a palestinian state. but again, they say this has to be followed up by concrete action perhaps at the security council. >> thank you orrin. >> u.s. president barack obama and his cuban counterpart are discussing how to improve relations. they met at the u.n. on tuesday. >> raul castro says it must lift i its embargo on cuba and end guantanamo bay. the more cuba does to improve its mu man rights record, the
more compromises the u.s. will make. >> you are here with us on set, which is great to see. >> thank you. >> let's go back to what i can say is almost a standoff now between obama and castro. obama is saying you'll get the embargo lifted, more things that improve in cuba, castro is unlikely to make any big bold changes that will threaten his grip on power. my read is we're coming to a stall between relations between u.s. and cuba. >> it could be a stall but it could also be a slow and steady climb. the seminal moment, talks aren't proceeding as fast as people thought they were. that being said, progress has been made on trade issues, civil aviation agreements are under way and talks are under way in that front. but there are many issues that president obama and the white house simply cannot touch because of the u.s. embargo
under congressional control. and so that remains to be seen. i think the president probably tried to telegraph as much as possible in his meeting with raul castro that h he's limited in his powers. >> congress won't move until castro moves. >> it's possible that congress may move but they may wait until after the election or next year, especially with senator rubio and his showing so far in the polls. if he is a nominee, this is an issue that he along with the republican party will try to preserve as far as their animous with opening ties to cuba. >> let's talk about what the president can or cannot do. you talk about limitations because of congress. the cuban foreign minister rodriguez says he could do more to ease the impact of the embargo by using his executive action. what can he do? >> right, exactly. i think we're going to see those types of actions taking place next week via the commerce secretary going to havana. and we continuously have the talks taking place between the u.s. state department and the
cuban foreign ministry. and those are proceeding well, albeit slowly. so there are executive actions and orders that president obama can take in the arenas of trade, allowing u.s. telecommunication industry to go in more firmly. aviation agreements. we' seen this obviously with the excitement over travel potentially increasing. and obviously the lifting or softening of visa restrictions for u.s. tourists. but there are other arenas in which the president simply cannot act. >> what i found interesting is that the cuban leader wants compensation for the 53 em forward goeed. they're putting a price tag on that. there's not a snowball chance of that happening, right? >> snowball chance. obviously the president has made this an issue since he campaigned for president in 2007 since closing guantanamo bay. but i think there's a snowball chance of returning this territory to the cuban government. but that being said, there's tremendous enthusiasm and
exuberance i think from the american people and from the cuban people on this opening. and that will hopefully fuel government talks, as well as the public/private talks. >> thanks for being here. >> thank you. donald trump's tax plan is already drawing criticism for its hefty price tag. critics say it will reduce tax revenues by trillions over a decade. >> trump's proposal promises deep tax cuts for people across the board without adding to the u.s. debt or deficit. but his rivals are you would kag the business mogul's plan wishful thinking. >> bill clinton took a jab on donald trump on tuesday, calling his campaign fact free. during an interview with erin burnett, clinton defended his wife hillary, the democratic presidential fronter. >> it was in response to trump's
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together, we're building a better california. >> live from los angeles, i'm john vause. >> and i'm isha sesay. a 47-year-old woman was sentenced to death for consequence convincing her lover to execute her hurz. the execution was set to take place a few hours ago. it would be the first execution of a woman in georgia in 70 years. >> the u.s. is spul pulling its spies oit of china following the hack on the u.s. office of personnel management. a u.s. official says chinese hackers were behind the breech which exposed the personal data
of more than 21 million u.s. government workers. >> afghan forces are back to gain control of key cities after a defensive by the taliban. they quickly speezed their biggest city since 2001. they also freed as many as 600 prisoners. the u.s. is backing the afghan forces with air strikes. >> afghan security forces backed by u.s. air power fight to retake kunduz one day after it was taken from insurgents. security forces moved in and u.s. forces launched their first air strike, hitting taliban positions on the outskirts of the city according to a nato spokesperson.
kanduz internationally televised speech, tried to reassure afghans saying government forces already recaptured some parts of the city. >> i want to ensure all of my countrymen that kunduz is under our management therefore we should not be concerned of enemy plans of stirring the area. >> the u.s. said the enemy was suffering heavy casualties. after hundreds of taliban prisoners escaped in a massive jailbreak on monday night, afghan officials say government forces had retain the city prison and police headquarters less than 24 hours later. >> but the sudden fall of the city has raised questions over how ready afghan forces were to tackle the islamist insurgents alone. and many afghans are now afraid that kunduz could be the first
of many cities to fall to the taliban. >> we are concerned if kunduz goes, then there's the possibility others will fall into the taliban and there will be misery. >> u.s. officials are keeping a close eye on the fighting. roughly 10,000 american troops remain in afghan stap. most are due to come home by the end of next year, but the battle of kunduz could impact those plans. linda kinkade, cnn. >> lye now ive now from kabul. what's the latest on this counteroffensive by afghan forces? >> well, the latest we hear is that there hasn't been a lot of change over the past -- it's been a bloody night in kunduz, but the taliban is still in control of most of the city. people in the city say that
taliban bodies are lying around in the city, but it seems like the taliban is control in most of it. the airport just outside the city would be a crucial place for the taliban to gain control of. >> is this an indication of what's to come in afghanistan, a revitalized also taliban under their new leader? >> well, there's definitely a big propaganda victory for the new taliban leader, that's for sure. i'm not sure this is a sign that the taliban are able to broaden the offensive or even move towards kabul. i would be surprised if the government security forces don't manage to take back control of kunduz relatively quickly. but it seems the taliban are resilient in kunduz. they have in the past proven willing to sacrifice quite a lot of fighters to keep territory. so this could be a longer fight than expected. >> finally, there's a lot of talk right now in washington
about the time line for withdrawing american forces completely. how much support is there right now in afghanistan for the u.s. to keep a significant security presence in country. >> i think most in the security establishment would prefer the americans and their allies to stay long per .that's also the opinion of the leading u.s. commander here in kabul. he has also recommended several times the u.s. prolong their engagement in afghanistan. and there's no doubt the current events in kunduz will put the spotlight back on the president and definitely reignite that president whether or not it's the right time for nato and u.s. forces to withdraw from afghanistan. but it doesn't change the fact that at some point, the afghans will have to take control of the security here and take responsibility. so if not now, then that's what a lot of people argue. if not now, then when will that happen? >> okay, thank you.
our reporter in kabul with the very latest. thank you. >> now, u.s. president barack obama says the only way to defeat isis in syria is for basha al assad to stap down. he says the u.s. approach for fighting the terror group will take time, but all countries must do more to keep isis from recruiting new fighters. >> it's exposing isis for bl what it is. it's a band of terrorism that kill muslims, men, women and children. we're lifting uh 9 voice of scholars including defectors who courageously stand up to isil and its warped interpretation of islam. >> meanwhile, the u.s. has failed to stop the flow of
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>> welcome back. twitter's newest high-profile user is already generated controversy. edward snowden, you'll recall, is a whistleblower who leaked thousands of classified documents regard, u.s. surveillance programs to some journalists. some call him a hero while others consider him a fugitive from justice. >> one of those who considers him a fugitive is u.s. republican presidential candidate george pataki. he called snowden a traitor who is a risk hides in russia and hides behind bars.
hi, i'm running president. my support in all polls is an as r asterisk. snowden had 700,000 followers. >> something tells me we'll be reporting on that going forward. for tes la car enthusiasts, the wait is finally over. the model x just rolled off the company's assembly line in fremont, california. they helped show off the electric crossover at a special event. >> tes la unveiled a prototype model x suv back in 2012. it was metropolitan to hit the market by 2014, but production was delayed until now. >> aaron robertson is executive editor at "car and drive" magazine. he joins us with his take on the model x. great to have you with us. so tes la's model x seats seven passengers in three rows of
seats. my question to you is how is this different from a minivan? >> well, it looks much more like an upscale luxury suv. about half of the vehicle buyers who buy luxury cars actually buy suvs versus sedans. so in order to reach that segment, he needs an suv. >> we've known about it for a while. but we haven't seen a lot of it. no one was allowed to get close to it until now. i'm hoping you got a good look at it. elan musk called the second-row seats abo s a work of art. did you see the seats? what is he talking about? >> yes. the car is extremely complicated. even if a mainstream car company were building this car, it's quite an engineering headache. they really should call it elan's headache rather than the model x. one one of the massive headaches besides these wild doors is the seats. and the middle seats actually
sit on these pedestals that slide black and forth. to the average person they might not look that complicated, but from an engineering standpoint, they're extremely complicated because they really have to stand up to a lot of loads. you have to think about putting a 250 pound guy in that seat and then crashing it. it has to be able to slide back and forth. so one of the engineers said if you took all the plastic off this pedestal. it would look like something no octopus should ever have to billionth buil build. so it's very complicated. >> the buzz about electric vehicles is on the slide. gas prices are dropping and sales are plummeting, too, of electric vehicles. tesla is losing money. how big a gamble is a model x? >> well, it's a really big gamble. as i said, it's a very complicated car. this car probably would have been out in the show rooms about
a year ago, maybe even two years ago had they not been so aggressive in the design and trying to deliver these kind of concept car features in a production car. and elan actually admits the car is probably too complicated and they went overboard. but now he's got it, it's in production and it does have some fairly stunning features to it. but again, it's quite expensive. the base car is $132,000. and it doesn't really come down and breach the wall separating electric vehicles from mainstream customers which, is, of course, affordability. and that's something tesla is looking forward to down the road with what they're calling the model 3 or the next car, which is going to be smaller and a bit cheaper. but right now, nay ear still luxury products with a limited following. >> what is that, 20,000 people have put down $5,000 deposit because they're all hoping to get one of these. when are they going to ramp up production? you say it's a difficult car to make. are they going to be able to
meet that demand anytime soon? >> it's going to be a while. the company is saying 9 to 12 months. if you go into a show room right now and put some money down. and they've said some of the parts are so complicated, even the sun visors are incredibly complicated. ice going to be a while to get the suppliers up to speed so they can deliver parts to the factory. it's going to take some time to ramp this up. and the same was true of the model s. they had a big rollout. >> powerful storms threatening the northeastern parts of the united states. it's going to happen over the next few days. we have more details on that.
about a year or so ago, it materializes. i want to show you what's occurred across portions of the southern u.s. take you down mobile, alabama. significant flooding, upwards of a foot of hateful has come down over this region. you take a look at areas northwar, viewer photos from arlington and virginia. basements taking on water where upwards of four inches of hateful has come down in recent days. and james madison university, that is? harrison burg. there are some folks having some fun across university here floating down with the floodwaters. but this story potentially has the potential to become something significant.
the european model keeps it well offshore near bermuda. certainly a lot of discrepancy with what will happen with this forecast. want to show you what will continue to transpire over the next couple of dpaps heavy hateful forecast over the next couple of days. when i say heavy, i'm talking about significant flooding potential. upwards of six-plus inches across northern new england through wednesday before a potential tropical feature gets here. work your way towards portions of new york state into portions of massachusetts. two to four inches, maybe six inches across some of the areas. we lay out some of the models for you. notice every single one of the models wants to take it into the eastern seaboard. some take it into the carolinas. others the delmarva and back portions of the new england coastline getting impacted by this. but as we drop in some of the upper level energy, want to show
you something here. friday 10:00 p.m., massive storm system across the eastern united states. category 2 hurricane sitting across portions of the atlantic. watch it as we take it saturday into sunday. we could see what we saw with sandy with one storm meeting a tropical feature. this storm system has some of the makings of an interaction that brought in the devastating flooding over that region. that's why we think it could be a big story, guys. >> thank you. appreciate those details. we'll take a short break here on cnn news room and be back in just a moment.
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>> she died from a lethal injection in a prison near atlanta, georgia and was declared dead at 12:21 a.m. eastern time. we know that more than 90,000 people signed a pe decision asking the governor to put a stay of execution. as we know, the pope appealed on her behalf. she's the first woman to be executed in georgia in 70 years. >> and of course, that death certificate issued 30 minutes ago. martin savage has been covering this story and described her last ditch appeals. >> the effort to spare kelly gissendaner's life went well beyond when she should have been dead. >> she was very strong and she was very assured in whatever the process was going to be. and she handled herself with a poise that was just beyond belief. >> but when the last court turned her down, time and hope ran out.
>> the attorneys weren't the only one fighting on her behalf. her children were arguing on her behalf. >> she was so supportive to me. i could talk to her about anything, any troubles i have or anything that i want to celebrate. and i know she's my biggest cheerleader. >> my brothers and i really want my mom to live. she is all that we have left. >> even the vatican weighed in with a letter from an emissary from the pope. quote, please be assured of my prayers as you consider this request for pope francis, which would be a just act of clemency. but others felt the sentence for the 1997 murder of her husband was just. the parents of doug gissendaner said as the murderer she was given more rights than she gave
doug. she had no mercy, gave him no right, no choices for the opportunity to live his life. the beating and stabbing death was committed by her boyfriend, gregory owen. in a separate trial, owen got a lesser sentence of life with the possibility of parole. the disparity between his sen tensi -- sentence was evidence towards a flawed judicial system. there was also her life after her conviction in which she turned to her faith, studied theology and counselled fellow prisoners. in a strange twist, two previous execution dates were postponed. once by wanter storm, another when the experts who said the ch chems that made up her legal injection looked cloudy. she earns two very different distinctions, the first woman executed in georgia in 70 years, and the last woman on georgia's death row. mart
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breaking news, in the last few moments, a georgia mother executed, despite a last-minute appeal from the pope. >> america pulls its spies from china after a massive hack of government employees blamed on beijing. >> and tesla finally takes the wraps off its crazy fast and expensive suv. we'll try to sort through the hype surrounding the model x. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm isha sesay. >> i'm john vause. great to have you with us. "newsroom" l.a. begins right now. >> the u.s. state of georgia
sentenced a woman to death for convincing her lover to murder her husband. that was back in 1997. since then, she studied theol y theology. >> the execution was postponed due to ain't we are storm and again because chemicals to be used were cloudy that were going to be used in her injection. >> pope francis continued his plea against the death penalty in the united states asking for clemency. to letters of clemency, two different states regarding two different death row execution cases. the archbishop there sending a
letter to the georgia board of pardons and parole asking for clemency, asking them to spare her life. proep francis made a plea before congress asking for the end of the death penalty, quoting pope francis in part, saying this conviction of our responsibility to defend human life at every stage has led me from the beginning of my ministry to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. now here's the back story. gissendaner was convicted in 1998 for the 1997 killing of her husband. she didn't actually kill her husband. she convinced her lover to do so. and now we go to oklahoma and the case of richard glossep. he was convicted in 1977 in the
killing of a motel owner. now have, a letter was sent to the governor of oklahoma asking for clemency, asking her to spare his life. now, as of this report, both executions are set as scheduled. rosa flores, cnn, rome. >> 22 countries carried out executions last year. >> amnesty international says china executed thousands of people, but the numbers are kept secret and amnesty says it is impossible to determine the true figure. >>. >> now to another developing story. a. >> the u.s. official says they believe chinese hackers were behind the breach which exposed the personal data agents are
assigned to china would be exposed. >> the problem is that now the chinese have a very good idea. they have a roster of everybody who works the state department. and because of that, they can reverse engineer a list of people who aren't on the list. and they could fantastic you're out who works for the cia, the nsa, the defense intelligence agency. so all of these people are going to be having to be pulled out simply because their data will now be -- will now be found out by the chinese. >> now, this comes just days after u.s. president barack obama met with chinese president xi jianping in the united states and cyber espionage was one of the topics of discussion. the chinese would never admit
that they were behind this. they deny that they are. they' always done that in the past, but if they had been, then this hack, at least in terms of espionage, it seems like it's a pretty big win for the chinese. >> yeah. it's incredible, isn't it, john. and this information that evan has just brought to light from u.s. officials just shows us how the impact is and how long this can go on for as well, with 5.6 million fingerprints. they could potentially have access to to find out about more agents. and that's why the u.s. is having to pull out its spies from china. the chinese government long denies this. reiterating that there's no state sponsored hacking going on. of course, the u.s. cyber security teams have found -- and companies have traced back hacking to chinese military units in the past as
far back as 2013 and as recently as a few month ago. there was a crucial deal friday. some headway, john, towards some rules of the road as far as hacking is concerned. but that was strictly only committing to cyberhacking of intellectual property and trade secrets for commercial gains. no talk of cyber espionage or anything as far as national security and our intelligence agency are concerned. john? >> so when we're talking about the deal and the happy talk between xi jianping and barack obama in his president to the united states, they're stove piping the various areas of cyber hacking. there was an agreement there wouldn't be commercial espionage, but when it came to spying and trying to steal state secrets, that just wasn't addressed. that wasn't on the agenda?
>> i suspect the problem is that everybody is doing it. the united states, according to one professor i interviewed last week for president xi's visit, one professor said that look, the united states is one of the best, or if not the best collectors of information for what the u.s. says is purely for national security purposes. president obama has really wanted to try and draw that line in the sand between the two, to make a distinction between cyber espionage for national security purposes, which the u.s. feels is okay, because they do it, as do at least 50 other countries around the world. and cyberespionage, for commercial gains which u.s. companies have felt really hit them hard. chinese companies, stealing intellectual property, they fear. so that is the major concern. china is saying if the u.s. is doing it, why can't we?
>> john. >> if americans are good and the chinese are behind this, it seems they're not bad themselves. >> now to a troubling report on the fight against isis. a task force says the u.s. has failed to stop the flow of foreign fighters from joining the terror group. >> it believes more than 25,000 foreigners have gone to syria and iraq since 2011 to fight for islamist terrorists. more than 7,000 in just the past nine months. most come from the middle east and north africa, thousands of werners, including 250 americans are now fighting in the conflict. >> well, that report comes as u.s. president barack obama led a et mooing at the united nations on fighting isis. and extremism. >> jim accosta has the details. >> the u.s. admitted it will take time.
leading 100 countries in the battle against the terror group, the president announced his plan, which includes the removal of the bashar al assad. >> defeating isil requires, i believe, a new leader. we are prepared to work with all countries, including russia and iran. >> it's a heated debate that played out behind closed doors. mr. obama and putin locked horns for 90 minutes over assad's future. the white house and kremlin released photos, each side showing its leader in command. putin was unmoved. >> the american french president with great respect, but they aren't citizens of syria and should not be vefed in choodsing the leadership of another country. it is syria's business. >> putin insisted russia's build-up in syria won't lead to ground forces battling isis. and white house officials said putin agreed to work with the u.s.-led icy coalition to avoid
any military accidents. analysts still see huge risks. >> the assad forces are in retreat, soo the question becomes is if indeed a retreat becomes a rout potentially, is that when russia decides to enter the fray? >> pu tin is entering the scene just as the u.s. is halting its program to train and equip rebels to fight isis. and there are more problems. namely a new congressional report finding the u.s. and its partners are struggling to control the flow of foreign fighters joining up with the terror group. 25,000 since 2011, 7,000 in the last nine months, including an estimated 250 americans. >> soo i think most importantly that we lack a national strategy to deal with this problem. >> critics of the u.s. policy say the president's unwillingness to take on assad, especially after he used chemical weapons tempted putin to intervene. >> he in effect has left a vacuum there. and president putin, ever
opportunistic has filled it, at least for the time being. >> februaries of congress are hearing the harrowing testimony of a young woman, a victim of violent persecution by isis. she goes by the pseudonym bazi. she says she was bought and enslaved by an american isis fighter. >> she spoke exclusively to our chief international correspondent crishristiane christiane amanpour. >> what did they do to you? >> they separated me from my family, they got my married by force, they took my mef ewe by force from me and they were hitting him in front of me.
and i was raped by them forcefully. >> when you say them, was it many people. >> it was an american. >> describe the american, what did he look like? >> he was very white. he was a little bit taller than me. >> did he tell you why he was doing this to you? >> the reason was because we were not muslims. he was telling us we should go back to the prophets age where we force everyone to become muslim. everybody should be a muslim. either being a muslim or die. get killed or die. >> meantime, the u.s. has stopped recruiting new syrian fighters who battle isis. a defense official says the program to train and equip moderate rebels is paused. >> the initial goal had been to train 5400 fighters by the end oof this year.
the defense secretary admitted back in july, only 60 had been trained so far. >> and now this sobering statistic. the u.s. has spent $61 billion to train and equip afghan forces. but they were quickly overwhelmed by the taliban in the northern city of kunduz. the insurgents attacked from several directions and seized their first provencial capital in nearly 14 years. >> the u.s. is backing the afghan effort to retake the city with air strikes. many see that as an indication of how much the afghan government is still rely on backup from the united states. kunduz is a key city with strong ties. the main route of ka jik stan runs through that province. >> good to have you with us. u.s. military operations are supporting afghan efforts to retake kunduz. how much progress has been made so far?
>> i'm afraid they haven't made a lot of progress since yesterday morning. the authorities claim to have taken parts of kunduz back, including police headquarters, but that seems dubious. quite the contrary, the taliban are now pushing towards the airport in kunduz, would be a strategic win. and they're broadening a front in a neighboring province, attacking government facilities and military checkpoints. so far this battle for kunduz seems to be more prolonged than many had anticipated. >> yeah, it is worth highlighting for our viewers that this attack on kunduz happened just a ahead, a day before the one-year anniversary of the president being in office. this is a huge blow to his credibility. >> yes, that's how many afghans see it as well.
they're doubting the president's ability to secure the koun tru and create some stability. both in the north, but also in the south and helman province and the east where there's increased activity from islamic state fighting local taliban units. this is a big embarrassment to the country. >> they would mount such a bold attack is for many a concern as to what will come next. how are they posturing themselves to meet this threat? >> they're not saying a lot, actually. and that's also part of the concern for afghans. government has been very silent during this whole debacle in kunduz. when they say something, they claim they kill a taliban
leader, which the u.s. don't confirm, or they say they've taken the police headquarters which turns out to maybe not be quite true. people are frustrated with the actually iks plain what's going on in kunduz this is not instilling a lot of confidence in the people at the moment. >> thank you show much.. >> still breaking when we come back, bill clinton comes out swinging defending his wife, hillary, from attacks by donald trump. those details after the break. >> and planned parenthood's president defends her group against lawmakers at a combative congressional hearing. that story is just ahead. plaque psoriasis... ...isn't it time to let the...
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erin burnett brought this up during an interview with the former president on tuesday. >> you say you can't insult your way to the white house. you say donald trump could be the nominee. so i have to play this for you. this is something he said in the interview yesterday about your wife. and i want to play it for you and get your reaction. here's donald trump in my interview yesterday. >> i always respected him. i actually liked him over the year, but when we look at what's going on in the world, when we look at the job that hillary did as secretary of state. she goes down as perhaps the worst secretary of state in history. and when i run against her evenly in the polls, i'm doing very well against hillary and beating her. if you look throughout the world during her reign and the reign of obama, the whole world is blowing up. we've lost our friendships. we've lost everything. >> well, the thing about branding is that you don't have to be -- you can be fact free. [ applause ]
even the republicans admit that the sanctions on iran were well done. and that it was a major achievement to get russia and china to agree to sign off on these sanctions and to enforce them. she did that. that's what made the talks possible. so even people that don't like the iran deal like the sanctions. >> the kras are now hoping that bill clinton can step up during this campaign. because no one campaigns better than he does. and the position hillary clinton is in right now, they certainly need him out there on that campaign. >> campaigner in chief. >> the president of the u.s. women's health care group planned parenthood faced a grilling from lawmakers on tuesday.
>> the president of planned parenthood came to capitol hill to make a clear record of the videos -- >> based on heavily doctored videos are offensive and categorically untrue. >> she was met by a republican buzz saw. >> here's the troubling truth. the picture is worth 1,000 words. >> gop members ripped into her testimony, suggesting they are not satisfied with her explanation of what is on the videos and furthermore, they don't think she's being entirely candid about her her group makes and uses all of its money. >> if you want to be a private entity, be a private entity, but you don't need a federfederal d. >> you don't need federal dollars. you're making tons of dough. >> do you really want to do this? do you really? do you want to align yourselves to radical extremists who manipulate the facts?
>> make no mistake. despite what we hear from the other side, republicans are doubling down on their war against women. >> are you kidding me? we simply want to shift the money from an organization caught doing what they were caught doing and give it to the community health centers. take the money from the guys doing the bad things and give it to the ones who aren't. >> as the fight tore through the day, republicans zeroed in on the idea that richards was defending her budget more than her patience. -- patients. >> you spent $21 million on lobbying and zero dollars on mammograms. >> while democrats asked, wasn't the hearing supposed to be about those videos? >> we have been mixing more than apples and oranges. it might be apples and potatoes. >> in purely political terms, both sides landed a lot of body blows today, but as each side would probably admit, likely not enough to change anyone's mind about whether or not planned parenthood should continue being funded or not.
>> let's check the weather. the northeastern part of the united states is on alert with a potential hurricane headed that way. p.j.? >> hey, guys. this year so far it's been so quiet for the united states when i it comes to hurricane or tropical activity. we know el nino has a lot to do with suppressing the tropical activity. it has the potential to be the biggest weather story in the year. i want to show you what transpired in recent days. in the past 24 to 478 hours, upwards of about 12 inches or 30 centimeters of hateful has come down in the southern u.s. work your way towards arlingtonington, virginia. we're getting flooding reports. viewer photos coming in across that region and across portions of harrison burg, virginia, as well. you see people having a little fun across the region on the campus in the university with the flooding in place. what we're tracking with a tropical disturbance over this
region. we do have tropical storm joaquin east of the bo ham mas right now. the concern is this storm system, all models pretty much getting it will get to at least a category 1 hurricane. want to show you what we have as far as the next four to five days. the american model, the gfs model, bottom of your screen, you notice the track sunday, 9:00 in the morning taking a potential category 1 hurricane and makes land fall in the u.s. the european model takes the storm system well off the shore. we do know already a foot of hateful comes down across portions of the southern u.s. and eventually the eastern u.s. as well. a coup of days from right now, we talk an additional six to eight inches of rain coming down. here's the model depiction, six-plus inches across northern new england. two to four inches, southern portions of the new york state, before a tropical storm get here's. joaquin, a category two at this
pont. keeping the system just offshore. but the concern is if this materializes with a hateful we already have coming down over this region, you could be looking at possibility and portions of the carolinas. the white indication that is in excess of ten inches of hateful inside the next week or so, work your way towards new york city, washington, possibility of six-plus inches of hateful if this all materializes over the next week. so large scale flooding for the most densely populated area for the u.s., guys. >> is it pretty hot there in atlanta? >> you notice something missing today? john, always. >> don't be pick on pedram and his fashion sense. you look stylish. >> short break. a symbolic day ahead for the palestinian authority in the united nations, raising their flag outside the u.n. up next, live to jerusalem for reaction. >> plus, a look at a highly anticipated electric vehicle that has been years in the making. this is "news room l.a." just might be the one.
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>> welcome back, everybody. >> the headlines this hour. >> authors have executed kelly gissendaner. the 47-year-old woman was convict the of murder. she convinced her boy friend to till kill her husband in 1997. her children, lawyers and even the pope appealed for clemency. >> the u.s. is pulling its spies out of china following a hack on the u.s. personnel management.
a u.s. official tells cnn they believe chinese hackers were behind the breach which exposed the personal data of more than 21 million u.s. government work percent . >> after being overwhelmed by a well planned taliban attack, forces are battling to retake kunduz. they freed as many as 600 prisoners. the u.s. is backing the afghan forsbergs with care strikes. >> a congressional report says the u.s. has failed to stop the flow of foreign fighters from joining isis. more than 25,000 foreigners have gone to syria and iraq to fight for terror groups. the task force is calling for an overall of u.s. strategy. >> well, the united nations will raise the palestinian flag at its new york headquarters. it will join more than 190 flags at the rose garden outside the building. traditionally, only member states flags are on display outside the u.n. tower.
>> the palestinians see this as another step towards creating their place within the international community. the palestinian authority will alsoed address the u.n. general assembly on wednesday. we're joined now live from jerusalem. apart from annoying israelis, how will raising the flag at the u.n. et g the palestinians any closer to statehood? >> well, john, this flag raising will put the palestinian back on the u.n. agenda where it hasn't been for the last couple of days. president obama didn't mention it, which palestinian leaders say was disappointing. this flooes puts the palestinians back in the spotlight. the question is, can they stay there long enough to accomplish real progress here? >> nothing is simple in and around jerusalem, and symbol canning carry tremendous significance. perhaps no symbol stirs up more
emotions and controversy than the palestinian flag. now you'll find the palestinian flag at the united nations. >> of the flag raised at the united nations, what does that mean for you? >> that maybe this is the beginning to get the freedom. >> what does it change here? >> in essence, nothing much. the jeology. it means that people are beginning to recognize us. >> if the flag doesn't work,
it's only color. we got very different answers when we asked israelis the different questions. >> the palestinian flag will be raised at the u.n. for the first time. what do you think about that? >> i don't agree with it. >> what do you think about that? >> i'm very happy for that. and i hope it means that it's only a beginning for something more than official action. >> leaders have offered them amazing deals, i think at this point in time to give them any credence in the world. it's totally insuting to humanity. >> john, this has to be more than a ceremony to be truly meaningful po palestinians.
>> the vatican stepped back from this, sort of shied away from all of it. why is that? >> there's a view here it's a very political move. and the vatican perhaps didn't want to step into the politics. it seems happy with where it is for its status in the u.n. not so for those who want to see themselves as a bull member of the united nations. can it lead somewhere to real progress on their quest, on their path to state hood? >> thank you very much. >> two other notes to bring you now. u.s. president barack obama shook hands with iranian foreign minister. >> didn't get a photoof it, unfortunately. and mr. obama met with raul castro for the first time on u.s. soil. they met with ways to improve
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>> tesla released its new model x. >> the ceo showed off the new crossover at that was a special event. >> it's important to show that any type of car can go electric. we showed that you could make a compelling sports car with the road car with the sportster and that could go electric. we showed that you could do it with a sedan. and now we're going to show that you can do it with an suv. yeah. 4. >> aaron robertson is an executive editor at car and driver magazine. my question to you is how is this different from from a minivan?
>> it's far more sport utility looking. it lookings more like an upscale suv. elon musk figures half the vehicle buyers who buy luxury cars actually buy suvs versus sedans. in order to reach that market, he needs an suv. >> we've known about the model x far while, but we haven't seen a lot of it. no one was allowed to get close to it until now. elon musk went on and on about the second row seats. he called them a work of art. did you see the seats? and what is he talking about? >> yes. in fact, the car is extremely complicated. even if a mine stroom car company were building this car, it's quite an engineering headache. they really should call it elon's headache rather than the model x. one of the massive headaches decides these wild doors, these falcon wing door is the seats.
they actually sit on these pedestals that slide back and forth. and to the arch person they might not look that complicated but from an engineering standpoint, they're extroomly complicated because they really have to stand up to a lot of loa loa loads. you have to think about putting a 250-pound guy in that seat and crash it. you have to be able to slide back and forth. one of engineers said if you took all the plastic off this pedestal, it would look like something no octopus should ever have to build. so it's very complicated. >> the buzz surrounding electric vehicles is on the slide. and we all know gas prices are dropping. and sales are plummeting, too. >> it's a very complicated car. this car probably would have been out in the show rooms about a year ago, maybe even two years
ago had they not been so aggressive in the design and trying to deliver these concept car features in a production car. and elon musk admits the car is probably too complicated and now they went overboard. now it's in production and it does have fairly stunning features in it. the base car is $132,000. it doesn't really come down and breach the wall separating electric vehicles from mainstream customers which is, of course, affordability. and that's something that tesla is looking forward to down the road with what they're calling the model 3 or the next car, which is going to be smaller and a bit cheaper. but right now, they're still luxury products with a limited following. >> 20,000 people have put down $5,000 deposit because they're all hoping to get one of these. when are they going to ramp up production? are they going to be able to meet that demand anytime soon?
>> it's going to be a while. nine to ten months if you put some money down. and they've said that some of the parts are so complicated on the car that even the sun visors are incredibly complicated. it's going to take a while to get the car up to speed. >> a fashion designer who's stepping aside at his own label. ralph lauren will no longer be ceo. most likely an attempt to rejuvenate the brand. it's had some pretty bad financial performances lately. the stock has plummeted more than 40% just this year alone. >> lauren will remain the executive chairman and chief creative officer as stephen larsen replaces him as ceo. that's the chain owned by gap.
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there. >> none whatsoever. it's cool. >> it's pretty. cool turtle. >> all right, an australian couple decided not to be the focus of attention on their wedding day and instead used the special occasion to focus on major issues in their country. >> the wedding took place in the bride's family farm. they were selling out their cattle because there's been a severe drought there. the photographer suggested using this dust-filled phototo raise awareness and to raise money for people suffering mental health problems in australia and it went viral. >> the photographer who captured the photojoin us from brisbane, australia. talk us through the whole idea of giving $3 for every share.
>> i had captured the image and i knew the story of the couple and how hard the family was dealing with and a lot of others because we're in the worst drought in history. firstly, i wanted to give a bit of incentive for my inner circle of followers who follow my wedding photography a reason for them to share the post. and i wanted to raise awareness of how bad the drought actually is in australia. so i gave at the time i thought i would get 200 shares. and yep, 5,000 shares within 24 hours. it was something a bit bigger than that. >> yeah. as someone who comes from queensland, i grew up there, i no ethat times are often harsh out in the bush and they're very tough right now. this family also seems to be having it pretty tough. what's it like out there right
now? and the money that you've raised from this, a charity it's going to is dealing with depression. how big a problem is that? >> look, it's huge. it's a huge problem. depression in rural communities is twice as high as in urban areas and the cities. the drought actually covers queensland, you could fit three times the united kingdom into queensland and 80% of queensland is drought, currently drought declared. so to give you some perspective, that's how bad the problem is. and these people's livelihoods and hopes and dreams and source of mechanic is being affected by what is a national disaster. so it's absolutely horrific.
>> it r it has really cost you money, hasn't it? >> it has. owe owe i put it on facebook for 24 hours and we had almost 5,000 shares in the 24 hours. i came through with my word and personally donated $15,000, but now we've got a crowd funding site for everyone else to get onboard. because it's such a great cause. all we're asking is for $3 per person. so if everyone put in $3, then we could get something fabulous and really help a lot of people who are in dire need at this moment. >> edwina robinson, you're from a great part of the world. we thank you for being with us. we know you're in brisbane right now, but good stuff. >> thanks a bunch. >> a dispute over a red card got
out of hand when a referee pulled out a gun. this happened in brazil over the weekend. the ref claims he was threatened and assaulted by the visiting team. a. >> who needs a red card when you have a gun? he also works as a police officer. the head of referee commission said he won't be disciplined because he used the gun correctly. okay. >> we're going to leave that one alone. >> so let's turn to something that we were discussing last night, shall we? >> here's the thing, from a rating stand point, the debut as the new host of the "daily show" here in the united states was a success. more than 3 million viewers watchedchannels that carried it. the review, though, are mixed, to put it nicely. "the daily beast" called it a crude, clumsy debuted and said he worked in obvious jokes. but the reviewer said that's more a fault of the veteran
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police official says they don't have enough troops to take on the taliban. >> plus the u.s. state of georgia executes the first female inmate in 70 years despite a plea from the pope. >> and the palestinian flag will soar above the united nations for the first time ever. welcome to you from around the world. >> thank you for joining us. this is cnn news room.
we start with news just into cnn on a fierce battle that's raging in northern afghanistan. afghan forces are trying to push the taliban out of the strategic city of kunduz, and air strikes overnight killed more than 100 taliban insurgents with the senior most commander in the province. >> afghan province was overwhelmed when they attacked from several different directions on monday. an afghan security official says about 5,000 fighters were driven back from help with a u.s. air strike many see the air strikes as reliance on support from the u.s.
>> we are joined now from kabul. this has been a major blow for the afghan government, and a major boost for the taliban. now we're hearing they don't have enough troops to take on the taliban, but we've also heard they've killed a number of taliban. what's the situation on the ground? >> part of the reason there's not enough troops is that a lot of them ran away when the taliban advanced on the monday. that's one thing the police chief is not mentioning. and the reports coming out about the taliban commander who has been killed, he was the shadow governor of kunduz n those reports are being repeated all over. the police are saying it. but the u.s. military who allegedly conducted the air strike are not commenting on the claims. the police also claims they have
taken back police head quarters in kunduz. from what i here from locals, that claim seems dub yis. so it's unsuclear what's going . could this have an impact on timing of u.s. plans to withdraw american troops from afghanistan? >> reporter: apparently the taliban didn't -- that's what a lot of security officials say here off the report, they didn't necessarily attack kunduz with a lot of people, but they went during a holiday. they didn't have to overwhelm the security forces, but infiltrated the city in the hiding of the night in the holidays. and i'm thinking it will have an impact on the discussion of whether or not u.s. troops are supposed to stay here longer
than 2016 which is president obama's deadline. there are people here, including in the security forces and the top commander who think the u.s. should stay longer and also provide more support for the afghans on the ground. whether or not that's going to happen is up to politicians in washington, but this will reignite that debate. >> i know it's difficult to gauge this, but how long might it take for afghan forces to regain control of kunduz? >> reporter: yeah. that is difficult to gauge. i think a lot of people had anticipated this to be a swift fight, but it turns out it is not going to be. part of the reason for that is that kunduz is an urban area. we've seen taliban in the rural areas willing to sacrifice a lot of men to keep districts centers that are not important. kunduz is important to the taliban if they can hold it.
they're probably willing to really dig in and stay for a long time if they can, and urban areas m areas make it difficult for the army to use heavy artillery because of the fear of injuring or killing civilians. i think with the recent developments over the center of the city and pushing toward the airport, i think this fight has a long way to go. >> and we'll be watching the progress of this effort to retake control of kunduz. talking there with a guardian reporter. many thanks to you. >> a u.s. official says the country is pulling its spies out of china following the recent cyber attack on the u.s. office of personnel manage. the u.s. believes chinese hackers were behind the breach. >> u.s. government workers information was stolen. now u.s. intelligence officials are worried hackers could use
that information to identify agents assigned to china. >> this comes days after u.s. president, barack obama, met with the chinese president in the u.s. for more, go to beijing. obama and xi discussed cyber security in person not long ago. what type of understanding did they reach ahead of this major development which seems to be as relevant as ever? >> reporter: yeah. absolutely. this just shows how deep that hacking goes at the opm and how wide ranging and what a massive impact it can have. the deal you talk about between president xi and president obama was struck and made some headway but not really. this wouldn't have affected this
kind of hacking. that's considered espionage for national security. they agreed on the theft of trade secrets and intellectual property, when hackers go into companies and steal business plans and take them away for commercial gain. what the u.s. had been saying for a long time, because of pressure from companies within the u.s., that chinese-backed hackers are doing this, and it needs to stop, so that's what president obama was pushing for, and he wanted to draw that line between cyber espionage for national security targeting one another's intelligence agencies and cyber security for commercial gain. some headway, but that would not have impacted this sort of hacking incident. >> this underscores that cyber attacks are a new reality. china and the u.s. have been victims of things like this. but how much of a setback will this particular attack be for the u.s. and when you think about the information that was gained, how much of a win is it
for china even though china says it's not behind it? >> reporter: well, potentially this is a huge win. i mean the fingerprints of 5.6 million government workers, and as cnn has discovered, u.s. officials say that they're now having to pull out people who work for the nsa, the defense intelligence agency, the cia, the cia, by the way, direct data has not been impacted. it's potential workers who are working right here in china right now that will have to be pulled out, because maybe, there's no confirmation, but maybe their information has been exposed. now, that's a huge concern, of course. and how far this goes as far as the china, u.s. deal is concerned is -- it's a big concern. does china have the will to stick to it. at an internet conference
yesterday on cyber security, one person, the director of the china institute, a former pla, people's liberation army general said, we trusted america, and then until one day snowden told us that the united states continuous national monitoring is unexceptional, whereas asking other companies to strictly control themselves and remain within the bounds. this is unsymmetrical thinking. so how long will china stick to a deal like this? who knows? >> thank you. authorities in the u.s. state of georgia have executed kelli gissendaner. he was sentenced to death for convincing her lover to murder her husband back in 1997. >> she spent her time in prison studying theology. martin savage has more on the last desperate weeks of gise
gissendan gissendaner. >> reporter: the effort to spare her life. execution on hold to let the legal process run its course. >> she was very strong, and she was very assured in her -- in whatever the process was going to be, and she handled herself with a poise that was beyond belief. >> reporter: but when the last court turned her down, time and hope ran out. her attorneys weren't the only ones fighting on her behalf. her grown children asked to commute her sentence to life. >> i can talk to her about anything, any troubles i have or anything that i want to celebrate. i know that she's my biggest cheer leader. my brothers and i really want my mom to live. she is all that we have left. >> reporter: and the letter from an emissary of the pope, quote, please be assured of my prayers
as you consider this request by pope francis for what i believe would be a just act of clemency, it read. but others felt that her sentence for the 1997 murder of her husband was just. doug gissendaner's parents said as the murder, she's been given more rights and opportunity than she ever afforded doug who is the victim. she has no mercy, gave him no rights or choices, for the opportunity to live his life. kelly gissendaner planned her husband's murder but did not do it. the beating and stabbing death was committed by her boyfriend in a separate trial, he got a lesser sentence of life with the possibility of parole. the difference between their sentences is what was focussed on as a flawed judicial system. there was also the life after her conviction in which she
turned to her faith and counselled fellow prisoners. in a strange twists, two previous execution dates were postponed. one from a storm, and one when the chemicals in a lethal injection looked cloudy. the first woman executed in georgia in 70 years and the last woman on georgia's death row. let's get you new information from the united nations now. u.s. president, barack obama, and cuba's leader are laying the ground work for better relations. they met for the first time ever on u.s. soil tuesday. >> meanwhile, the japanese prime minister says his country will provide money to help syrian and iraqi refugees and help peace in the middle east, but he says japan will not take in any syrian refugees.
>> and ukraine is slamming the plan to help in the middle east. >> barack obama says the only way to defeat isis in syria is for president asaad to step down. >> mr. obama led an anti-extremism summit. he says the u.s. approach for fighting the terror group will take time but all countries must do more to keep isis from recruiting new fighters. >> poverty does not cause terrorism but as we've seen across the middle east and north africa, when people are impoverished and feel humiliated, that can fuel resentments that terrorists exploit. creating opportunity and dignity, particularly for youth is part of countering violent
extremism. >> palestinian authority president will address the u.n. general assembly on wednesday, and that's just before the world body raises the palestinian flag outside the new york head quarters. it will join other flags. traditionally only member state flags are on display there. >> the palestinian authority has nonmember observer status at this time. we have been talking to israelis and palestinians about their reaction to the flag raising. we are joined now from jerusalem. how significant is this for the palestinian people and how are the israelis responding to the raising of the palestinian flag? >> reporter: it is a prideful moment to see their flag riaise at the united nations, but it's more about put question of what
happens on the agenda. president obama didn't mention it, which disappointed some palestinian leaders. it's a way of getting it back in the spotlight, the question of palestinian state hood. this has angered the israelis. ron proszer said instead of raising the palestinian flag, they should raise a white flag to its principles. nothing is simple in and around jerusalem, and symbols carry significant kans. no symbol stirs more controversy than the palestinian flag. you'll see the flag and now it's at the united nations. >> the palestinian flag will be raised at the u.n. what does that mean to you? >> that's what it means for us as palestinians, that maybe this is the beginning to get the freedom. >> it's the first step forward,
i hope, to be followed by more steps. >> i'll be happy with the flag, but we don't want to see only flag. >> reporter: what does it change here? >> oh, in essence, nothing much. in theory, or ideology, it means that people are beginning to recognize us. >> i waited a long time ago for this moment. >> i can put million flags, but if the flag doesn't work with some of the strong, it's only color. >> reporter: no surprise we got different answers when we asked israelis the same questions. >> reporter: the palestinian flag will be raised at the u.n. for the first time. what do you think about that? >> i don't agree with it. >> reporter: what do you think about that? >> i'm very happy for that, and i hope it means it's only a
beginning for something more than an official action. >> they've had many opportunities to bring peace to their land and flourish. i feel to give them any credence to the audience is insulting to humanity. >> reporter: as the palestinian flag is raised at the u.n., here the focus is on the tensions on the west bank and jerusalem that have been growing. we'll see how that plays out with the speeches today and tomorrow. >> we'll be watching that closely. live from jerusalem, thanks for that. bill clinton is criticizing donald trump's campaign. >> the thing about branding is you don't have to be -- you can be fact-free. >> and we'll have more of clinton's comments on trump as
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well, donald trump has ended his fox news boycott by doing an interview with bill o'reilly. they talked about his tax plan. >> o'reilly also pressed trump about a comment he made about rubio. he called him a clown, but trump says rubio hit him first. listen. >> and i don't really know him. and all of a sudden he attacks me about nothing, but really attacked me quite viciously, and i fought back. again, i'm a counter puncher. he hit me. >> i didn't mind it. he was calling him a clown. that's not presidential. final question. >> okay, listen. excuse me, bill. he was a member of the gang of eight which was a disaster. he was totally weak on immigration, and he hasn't changed. >> it's the clown stuff that
isn't fine. >> i can understand that. >> foogood. >> but he hit me viciously. >> that's as close as you get to an admission. okay, just maybe. clint took a jab at trump calling his campaign fact free. clint defended his wife. >> he highlighted some of her accomplishments as secretary of state. it was a response to trump's remarks that her tenure was a failure. clinton also commented an current political issues. take a listen. >> you say you can't insult your way to the white house. you say donald trump could be the nominee. this is something he said in the interview yesterday about her wife. i want to play it for you and get your reaction. >> i also respected him. i've liked him over the years, but when he look at what's going
on in the world, and when we look at the job that hillary did as secretary state, she goes down as perhaps the worst secretary of state in history. i'm doing well against hillary and beating her. if you look throughout the world during her reign, and the reign of obama, the whole world is blowing up. we've lost our friendships. we've lost everything. >> well, the thing about branding is, you don't have to be -- you can be fact-free. and [ applause ] >> even the republicans admit that the sanctions on iran were well-done, and that it was a major achievement to get russia and china to agree to sign off on these sanctions and to enforce them. she did that. that's what made the talks possible. so even to people who don't like the iran deal like the
sanctions. i trust the american people. they are fair, but they have to have more disclosure. she wants her e-mails released. the state department and the intelligence agencies are arguing about whether any of them should be retro actively classified. that'll play out however it does. but she's the only secretary of state in history to ever said just release them all, all my work-related e-mails. and so far as i said, you get the record out, i think she looks great. i think she did a great job. and i think she's been doing a good job answering these questions now. >> the russian president, and barack obama at the u.n., they met. they hadn't met in a couple of years but they met at the u.n. they're deciding what happens with isis and syria. when they met, they both gave dueling speeches. the speeches were critical of each other, their handshake was icy. how worried are you about how
bad their relationship is? >> well, only a little bit about that. what i'm worried about is that put putin intelligently changed the direction of russian foreign policy in general, and decided to go all in on defining russian greatness in the 21st serchg ri -- century in terms of controlling their neighbors and to have an influence in the middle east that depends on at least to this point, they're increasing their influence at the expense of the united states and europe, and that ignores what i think should be the priority, which is using their influence vis-a-vis europe, to
build a cooperative relationship. if they thought of ukraine as a bridge between europe and, everybody would win. if they thought of how we could all help to stabilize the middle east, everybody would win. but -- and that's the real problem, but i still think it's possible to maybe reach an agreement with them. see, he wants president asaad to stay in power. because that keeps russia's position in the middle east stronger. >> why is that a bad idea? there's some competing people to take over? >> a lot of people believe that if you look at his father's success, there was a lot of violence in the beginning, and then he developed this sort of inclusi inclusive authoritativeness.
there were more women in government than most countries in the region. there was a place for all the various minority religions and sects there, but it seems clear that the syrian people would like a more representative government. >> well, at the united nations general assembly in new york tuesday, the danish foreign minister mistakenly addressed joe biden using the wrong title. >> mr. president, vice president, sorry. well, could have been, can be, who knows? if you have some big news to tell us here, please let us know. >> slip of the tongue. >> slip of the tongue there. we should note biden is still considering his run for the 2016 presidential race. he may appear in the next cnn debate. we've allowed him to even decide on the day, but he is as of yet, undecided. >> all right. well, a short break here.
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afghan forces were overwhelmed wen taliban fighters launched a surprise attack on the city from different directions. >> a big day ahead. the group's president will address the general assembly. later the u.n. will raise the palestinian flag at the united nations head quarters. >> isis has claimed responsibility for gunning down an italian citizen on the streets and threatens more attacks. officials say the 51-year-old victim was jogging home when the shooting occurred. officials say it's too early to say if isis was behind the killing. >> the congressional task force says the u.s. has failed to stop the flow of foreign fighters from joining isis. it estimates more than 25,000 foreigners have gone to syria and iraq since 20011 to fight
for islamist terrorists. >> while most come from the middle east and north africa, thousands of westerners, including 250 americans are fighting in this conconflict. the united nations is cracking down on a group helping isis. >> reporter: four british citizens accused of links to isis now sanctioned by the u.n. sally ann joanes. omar hussein is described as a recruiter. another, just 19 when she left the uk to join isis and syria, and a former medical student who appeared in this isis recruitment video. >> worldwide across all u.n. countries, these four british citizens can't hold any assets
or have any funds made available to them. it's a far-reaching power they've used. >> reporter: the british government is targeting these four because of their aggressive online recruiting efforts. >> they have been stirring up support for isis and glorifying the act of isis online. >> reporter: the british government made the request amid growing concern about the number of britons being tempted to join isis. it will send a message and discourage people from joining the group. but it's unclear how effective the sanctions will be. >> they're not seeking to operate within international states or seeking to fly anywhere or use their bank accounts, so it's symbolic. >> reporter: playing a key role against isis. the prime minister proposing a
$50 million london-based unit to counter the recruiter message from the militants. cnn, london. >> we turn now to kenya where a dispute over teacher's salaries is keeping millions of kenyan school children away from class. >> that's right. teachers are out on strike there, and the government says it's unable to pay them their increase. the strike is keeping more than 12 million kenyan children at home. robin joins us live with more on this. and robin, a court of appeals ordered the government to increase teacher's pay by, i understand, at least 50%. but they said it won't happen. that must have fuelled the anger already evident on the streets there. >> reporter: well, definitely anger from teachers. we saw strikes and rallies last
week. . anger from parents as well. many of whom both have jobs. we caught up with some of the children and found out they're forced to find other ways to spend their days. here's what they had to say. it's one of the summer's hottest block busters, and while the movie "spy" sounds little like the original, kids pass the day here with discounts for double features. outside there are popsicles for those with 10 u.s. cents to spare and a spin on a bike for those with 20. this isn't a careless day, and very little comes free here. what does this mean? >> it means no free. >> reporter: across kenya, 12 million children, about a quarter of the country's population are exactly where
they shouldn't be. they've been left at home for a month because of a teacher's strike. the government says it can't pay the 50% wage increase. but many kenyans are pointing foul, pointing to government corruption as the problem. president obama called kenya's biggest impediment to growth. >> you are a failed state, and if you can't pay your teachers, you're failed. >> i come every day. >> i want to reach my goal to be an engineer, so this strike is unfair. >> reporter: for you some have taken the time to make an extra buck or care for a sibling.
it can't compare with school, but it's the best the older children can do to keep the little ones out of trouble. while waiting for the grownups to start doing the same. a labor court on friday orders teachers to return for 90 days, but the unions have defied the order and said they'll stay on strike until another agreement is reached. this term is a crucial term for many students. many are writing exams. the government says the exams will go ahead, but you can only imagine how disruptive this must be to the students. >> you don't want them to have lost an entire year of education. and the education is crucial for those who get access to it. we hope the adults get their act together. robin live for us this morning in nairobi. >> tesla delivers its highly
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lots of heavy rainfall in eastern china after typhoon dujuan made land fall. >> more than 300,000 people in eight chinese cities have been evacuated. airports are cancelling fights and train travel is affected as well. the deadly typhoon killed at least two people when it hit taiwan. in the u.s., all eyes are on the tropics as a potential hurricane moves toward the northeast of the country. we go to pedram with an update on the situation there. what's going to happen here? >> there's a lot of uncertainty with the track of this forecast. but the impact would be high.
the biggest weather story across the united states so far in 2015 if it pans out. we want to show you what's ta transpired. 30 centimeters of rain over this region. work toward arlington, virginia. four inches of rainfall in recent days beginning to put water into people's problems. and harrisonburg, james madison university, some of the students there having fun when it comes to the flooding, but the rainfall has been tremendous across the region. the concern is as you look offsho offshore, there's a tropical storm. we're on the final day of september. for the first time since 1914, we have not had a hurricane this late across the western atlantic. we work toward october, 70 miles per hour winds. eventually essentially taking it toward an area that's been hard
hit by rainfall in the recent days. this shows the land fall of a potentially category one hurricane. the european model takes it offshore by sunday morning, eastern time for the united states. widespread discrepancy between the models as far as what's going to play out. the concern is flooding rains in the images. take you toward the north eastern u.s. forecast models the next two days, heavy rainfall across much of the northeast united states. four or six inches of rainfall. look at northern new england, 6 plus inches. in excess of 10 inches in purple if this materializes, and this is before we get toward the potential return in the forecast. better agreement taking it toward the coastline by the north eastern corner by sunday
morning, and the national hurricane center increasing it to a category two. again, a lot of time left before we see what happens, but we do know heavy rainfall already coming down in this region as we saw with the flooding images. adding this to the mix, a dangerous scenario across the northeast. >> all right. we know you'll be watching it closely. thank you. if you drive a volkswagen, you want to know about the controversy that's erupted. the company says it has an action plan. the world's biggest auto maker says it's preparing to refit up to 11 million cars that currently have illegal software. the company is accused of installing the software to rig diesel emissions tests. >> volkswagen says it will have a plan by late october and insists the fix is not a recall. for tesla car enthusistenth
the wait is over. tesla ceo elon musk helped show off the electric crossover at a special event on tuesday. >> what are do you all think? tesla unveiled a prototype back in 2012. it was supposed to hit the market on 2014, but it was delayed until now. we asked an expert to weigh in on the design of the new electric vehicle. >> the car is extremely complicated. even if a mainstream car company were building this car, it's quite an engineering headache. they should call it elon's headache rather than the model x x, and one of the massive headaches besides the wild doors is the seats. and the middle seats actually sit on pedestals that slide back and forth. they might not look that complicated, but from an engineering stand point, they're
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commission says he won't be disciplined. >> a movie with disziing special effects is out. >> the movie is going more than just entertaining. this have been reports of a few movie goers getting physically sit with vertigo. >> he's not really walking a high wire between the twin towers. it's all special effects, but it's having an especially nauseating effect on some. >> for me, this is life. >> reporter: others, it's a trip to the restroom, tweeted one entertainment writer after a screening of the walk. reports of guys vomiting in the men's room post the walk, true. witnessed it. came close. bad visual trigger for vertigo sufferers. at a press conference given by cast and director, one reporter confessed.
>> i'm terrified of heights, and i kept wanting to leave. >> reporter: the movie tells the story of a man on wire who sneaked atop the world trade center in 1974 and walked back and forth between the towers eight times. even laid down. there are photos but no moving pictures, and that inspired the director to recreate the walk. his goal? >> was to evoke the feeling of vertigo. >> reporter: even critics marvelled at the actual walk. try watching this segment without gripping your knees. go ahead. give it a shot. the words holy and [ bleep ] will form in your mind. the star of the movie was only ever 12 feet off the ground. >> they built a beautiful set of the top two stories, and then surrounded that with green.
>> reporter: the famous green screen that allows digital affects to be inserted. >> but then i have to dare to look down. just don't dare to look down into a toilet bowl. the walk to the restroom is one you don't want to take. cnn, new york. >> was that all guys vomiting? i didn't hear any stories about the women doing that. >> weak stomachs, i guess. >> it looked that way. >> and thanks for watching cnn news room. we're back for another full hour. stay with cnn.
afghanistan is fighting to retake a key city from the taliban. how the terrorist takeover is exposing big weaknesses in the government's power. >> despite an 11th hour appeal from pope francis himself, the mother of three is executed in the u.s. >> the u.s. pulls it spies from china after a massive hack. >> why former u.s. president,
bill clinton says the donald trump campaign is fact free in a cnn interview. >> welcome to all of viewers. >> thanks for staying with us. this is the second hour of cnn news room. >> there is a fierce battle being fought right now in northern afghanistan for the city of kunduz. afghan forces are trying to push the taliban out. a police spokesman says air strikes killed more than 100 l taliban insurgents. the u.n. says it has reports that up to 6,000 have fleed the city. >> afghan security official says about 5,000 troops at the
airport on wednesday, and taliban fighters were driven back with help from a u.s. air strike. many see the air strikes as evidence of the continued reliance the afghan government has on support from the u.s. ken d kunduz is the largest city to fall since 2001. we have love coverage, but first we're joined from kabul. the taliban took control of the city of kunduz with very little resistance. how did that happen? what is the situation on the ground right now, and how long would it likely take for afghan forces to seize back control here? >> well, it seems from what we hear from kunduz, they infill rated the city leading up to this attack during a holiday which is over the past weekend, and following the attack in the
taliban events, a lot of security forces fled the city. the 5,000 troops you mentioned in the intro, are reinforcements to replace a lot of the troops that fled. but kunduz has been a province where there's been a lot of public animosity against the government. there's a forgertile ground for to spread. and there are reports of people picking up arms. and it looks like it's going to be a long haul in taking back the city. >> that is tough, and what does this say about afghanistan's ability to defend it against the taliban, and what impact might this have on the timing of the u.s. troop withdrawal? >> i actually think this says more about the security force's
ability to defend afghanistan more than it says something about the taliban's actual strength. the security forces seem to be poorly coordinated. a lot of people say there's lack of political leadership in responding to this crisis. kunduz has been under attack for six months. they've been fighting five kilometers away from the city. so this is also likely to reignite the discussion about whether the u.s. should keep troops. but you could also ask the opposite question. if the u.s. doesn't pull out now, when. that's something that some u.s. officials here are asking. but in general, the top u.s. general in afghanistan all recommend the u.s. should stay longer. this is something that others are also suggesting. we'll see how this affects the debate. but it's sure to reignite the
discussion about whether to stay longer in the country. >> indeed. it is a big question. joining us with a live update from kabul. many thanks to you. >> let's continue that discussion with our diplomatic editor who joins us this morning from london. nick, this is a stunning loss for afghan forces. two u.s. air strikes made in order to back them up, but the u.s. as we're discussing here, is on the way out. what is the skill level of the afghan forces there? isn't that key to a u.s. exit? >> it is. it's a significant part of a u.s. exit, but also this is not just a stunning military loss. it's a stunning political loss. the taliban were on the outskirts of the town for some time, this attack was imminent. it was sort of telegraphed, if you like, and there was an opportunity here for the government to look at the situation in kunduz and say why are we losing support?
why are we losing popularity? how are we going to bolster that and address that fundamental problem which was probably the thing that helped the taliban get into the city, not just being able to infiltrate, but why they were able to find places to hide out and stay, and not cause an alarm. because it does seem that there were people that were sympathetic to them. the military draw down of nato is going to be significant for the afghan forces going forward. they won't have the opportunity for the air strikes, at least not in the way they've been carried out so far. afghan forces have trained commanders and helicopters. they can use helicopter gun ships, but the precision-guided missiles will be something that would be beyond their capability as far as we know at the moment. so it's -- to set the stage for
a withdrawal, which is underway and has been for the last three or four years, you've really got to sort of be able to push the political diplomatic power of the government into places like this, and for them to answer the problem of why did they lose this in the first place. >> and it appears at this stage there's some discrepancy between what the afghan forces and what the u.s. is saying about the fight in kunduz. we'll continue to watch this closely. nick robertson live in london. thanks. we turn to a troubling report in the fight against terrorism. a congressional report says the u.s. has failed to stop the flow of foreign fighters from joining isis. >> it estimates more than 25,000 foreigners have gone to syria and iraq since 2011 to fight for terror groups. the task force behind the report is calling for an overhaul of the u.s. strategy.
>> president obama says the only way to defeat is for asaad to step down. >> he led an anti-extremism summit at the united nations. he says the u.s. approach for fighting will take time. john kerry is explaining why it's so important for bashar al assad to step aside. he sat down with our cnn correspondent. >> the problem is that asaad has barrel bombed and gassed and tortures and starved his way into a complete lack of legitimacy for the three-quarters of syrians who have already voted with their feet by being displaced and moving somewhere else in the country or in jordan, lebanon or turkey.
the reality is today asaad is only ruling ing or governing ov about 25% of the country. if you're going to have a chance of beating isil, you have to have the ability to have sunni coming to the fight in order to hold territory and move against isil. if they feel asaad is being propped up and staying, they won't come to the fight, and you will not have a solution in syria. >> kerry says although the syrian president must go, it has to be an orderly transition over time, otherwise, he says syria will end up with a power vacuum just like iraq after the fall of saddam hussein. >> 16 workers are now free. they were building a sports stadium when they were abducted on september 2nd. it's not clear who took the men,
but isis has kidnapped dozens of turkish citizens in northern iraq over the past year. authorities in georgia have executed a 47-year-old woman for cov convincing her lover to murder her husband. >> she counselled fellow prisoners. even proef ca even pope francis called for her sentence to be commuted. she was one of two death sentences the pope tried to help. this report was filed shortly before gissendaner's execution. >> reporter: two letters of clem si on behalf of pope francis regarding two different death row execution cases. we start off in georgia with a case of kelly gissendaner. now, the archibishop there sending a letter to the georgia board of pardons asking for
clemency. the board denied that request, but quoting pope francis, less than a week after pope francis made a plea before congress asking for the end of the death penalty. quoting pope francis in part, saying this conviction of our responsibility to defend human life at every stage has led me from the beginning of my ministry to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. now, here's the back story. gissendaner was convicted in 1998 for the 1997 killing of her husband. she didn't actually kill her husband. she convinced her lover to do so. and now we go to oklahoma, and the case of richard gl ossip. he was convicted in 1977 in the killing of a motel owner. now, a letter was sent to the
governor of oklahoma asking for clemency, asking her to spare his life. now, as of this -- >> and that was rosa flores reporting before the execution. we wanted to stop it before the outdated information was shared. a u.s. official says the country is pulling its spies out of china. the u.s. believes chinese hackers are behind a breach. >> more than 21 million u.s. government workers had their personal information stolen. now they're worried hackers would use the information to identify agents assigned to china. >> they have data. they know everybody who has gone through the process of getting a security clearance. it takes years to train people to be able to go to a place like china. it takes years to train these
people, and so the fear i'm hearing from the united states is that for years the chinese is going to have a pretty good idea of who is working for the cia and other intelligence agencies, and they're going to have to figure out other ways to get human intelligence from them. >> keep in mind this comes days after barack obama met with the chinese president in the u.s. and discussed cyber crime. for manore, let's go to beijing. china says they didn't do it. you wonder what entity would benefit more? how much do we know about this breach at this stage? >> well, errol, we're learning more and more about just how deep and far-reaching this breach is. by at least hackers that the u.s. have told cnn they believe
came out of china. the chinese government itself denies any involvement. that is to say this was not a state-sponsored hack. in the past, u.s. cyber security agencies have tracked hacks coming into the u.s. from chinese military units, but on this occasion, 21 million government employees data leaked 5.6 million fingerprints of government employees now as was said earlier, this is so far-reaching. it can have an impact for years to come, and as we hear, the u.s. isn't taking any chances. they're taking their people out of the country right now. whether they are workers for the cia, the nsa, or the defense intelligence agency. it's pretty far-reaching, and a huge concern for the u.s., of course. >> and just imagine you're one of the government employees whose private information has
now been breached and could be sold onto a number of other parties. it's unnerving, but talk to us about the possibilities and the fallout of this. cyber attacks are a new reality in our world. how much of a setback will this particular attack be for the states? >> reporter: it is a huge setback. and there may be more to come. in terms of how huge a concern this is, despite, as you mentioned earlier, that agreement between president xi and president obama, they were limited, errol, to cyber espionage between based on commercial gains, so that is hackers that go into companies, steal their blueprints and steal other information to try to gain a commercial gain. so it's companies in the u.s. that were hugely concerned about that. this is not in that agreement. so the game and the courts will
still open for anyone who wants to enter it, and the problem in this arena is that china says, look, everybody is doing it. the united states does it. experts have told me that the united states is one of the best, and we know that from the snowden leaks as well. that is china's stand as well. that they will continue if it's an open field, because the u.s. is doing it too, and yesterday in beijing, there was a conference where 120 experts gathe gathered from around the world to talk about cyber security. one was a former general of the people's liberation army. departments to the china institute. she said until one day, she was referring to the level playing field they believe they're in that the united states was playing fair until one day snowden told us the united states's continue with us
monitoring is unexceptional, whereas asking other countries to strictly remain with the bounds. this is unsymmetrical thinking. china will probably continue to feel that way as far as cyber espionage is concerned. >> in many ways, the hacking cat is out of the bag, and even though xi and barack obama said certain diplomatic areas are off limits. but the only area off limits to a hacker is what they can't get into. in beijing, it's a quarter past three. thank you. >> bill clinton is speaking out against donald trump's tactics on the campaign trail. >> you shouldn't be able to insult your way to the white house. or use enough politically enough phrases to get your way into the white house on either side. >> find out what the former president has to say about his
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so i know how important that is. dozens of people gathered tuesday in missouri rallying for planned parenthood. >> and protesters like this all across the u.s. as people took part in what was called pinkout day. planned parent hood asked people to wear pink to show their sportd. >> while supporters rallied, the organization's president faced a grilling from republican lawmakers. the combatic congressional hearing focussed on videos that have increased the pressure to defund the organization. >> these videos allegedly show planned parenthood showing discussions about selling fetal
tissue. >> the videos are offensive and untrue. i realize, though, that the facts have never gotten in the way of these campaigns to block women from health care they need and deserve. >> now, those undercover videos have been repeatedly mentioned by u.s. republican candidates during recent debates. >> carly fiorina is urging congress to defund planned parenthood. take a will be. >> here's the deal. yesterday i was protested by planned parenthood people who were throwing condoms at me. i don't know what that has to do with this. they're trying to distract the american people from the reality that planned parenthood is aborting fetuses alive to harvest their body parts. planned parenthood will not and cannot deny this because it is happening. it is happening in this nation. >>. >> though house conservatives were threatening to shut down the government over this issue,
the senate just passed a stopgap bill that funds the government through mid december. and the house is expected to pass it wednesday. bill clinton is defending his wife as he considers his role in her campaign for the democratic presidential nomination. in an interview, the former u.s. president praised his wife's achievements during her time as secretary of state. >> this comes after donald trump told burnett on monday that her time was a failure. burnett spoke to former president clinton on tuesday. >> the question is how of a force will you be in this campaign? >> first of all, it is true that i have done markedly less to this point than i did eight years ago when she ran. eight years ago i did a lot by now of what i've only two things. i did some of the fund raising events so she'd be free to go
out and campaign. i have no idea what else i'll do. i'll do what i'm asked to do within the limit, but i might -- she was great about that. she said in the beginning, you have to take care of the foundation first. it's your life. you built it over 15 years, and whatever you can do when you can do, i'll be grateful. we mapped out the year. >> you say you can't insult your way to the white house. you say donald trump could be the nominee. this is something he said about your wife yesterday, and i want to play it for you and get your reaction. here's donald trump in my interview yesterday. >> i always respected him. i've actually liked him over the years but when we look at what's going on in the world, when we look at the job that hillary did as secretary of state, she goes down as perhaps the worst secretary of state in history. and when i run against her evanly in the polls, i'm -- if
you look at the world during her reign, we've lost our friendships and everything. the world is blowing up. >> well, the thing about branding is you don't have to be -- you can be fraact-free, a i think -- [ applause ] >> even the republicans admit that the sanctions on iran were well-done. and that it was a major achievement to get russia and china to agree to sign off on these sanctions and to enforce them. she did that. that's what made the talks possible. even the people that don't like the iran deal like the sanctions. >> obviously cgi is this week. the u.n. is this week. the pope was just here. pret overwhelming. >> yeah. he did a wonderful job, i thought in washington, new york, and philadelphia. it was a great thing for roman catholics throughout the world, and especially in america.
but also i liked it, because i went to georgetown which is the oldest university in american, and he's the first jesuit pope, but i liked it because he was inclusive. he was communetarian, and you could have a fairly wide range of political views and still identify with his call to not forget the people who are the most unfortunate among us, and the fact that we had to find a way to go forward together. it was very moving to me. >> it truly was. putin, barack obama at the u.n., they met. they hadn't met in a couple of years but they met at the u.n. they're deciding what happens with isis and syria. when they met, they both gave dueling speeches. the speeches were critical of each other. how worried are you about how bad their relationship is?
>> well, only a little bit about that. what i'm worried about is that putin essentially changed the direction of russian foreign policy in general, and decided to go all in on defining russian greatness in the 21st century in terms of their ability to control their neighbors and to have an influence in the middle east, at least, that depends upon at least to this point, they're increasing their influence at the expense of the united states and europe, and that ignores what i think should be the priority which is using their influence vis-a-vis europe to build a cooperative
relationship. if they thought of ukraine as a bridge between europe and russia, everybody would win. >> and clinton also mentioned the controversy of hillary's use of a personal e-mail. he blamed media reports about the issue. >> up next, we'll go live to jerusalem to see why the group's flag will be flying high.
the day of cnn news room with us. >> it is time to check the headlines for you. and new developments in afghanistan where security forces are battling the taliban for control of kunduz. air strikes have killed more than 100 militants. the u.n. says it has reports that up to 6,000 civilians have fled the city. the taliban launched a surprise attack on the city on monday. a u.s. official says the country is pulling its spies out of china following the recent cyber attack on the u.s. office of personnel management. the u.s. believes chinese hackers were behind this breach which exposed the personal data of more than 21 million u.s. workers. >> authorities have executed kelly gissendaner who was convicted of murder. she convinced her boyfriend to
kill her husband back in 1997. her children, lawyers, and even the pope had appealed for clemency. >> palestinian authority will address the u.n. general assembly in the coming hours before the world body raises the palestinian flag outside its new york head quarters. the flag will join more than 190 others there in the u.n. rose garden. traditionally only member states 'flags are on display. >> they have nonmember observer status, and they see it as cementing their place in the international community. cnn has been talking to israelis and palestinians about their reaction to the flag raising. how significant is this? does it represent a step closer to palestinian state hood, or is this simply symbolic? >> it is a very significant moment for palestinians. it fills them with pride to see
their flag raised at the united nations, but that is the fear, that this becomes purely symbolic. a nice soceremony that lasts a w minutes, but then it passes without the issue of a palestinian state and no progress toward the corrosion of -- creation of the state. the israeli ambassador to the u.n. said the u.n. should raise a white flag of surrender of its prin principles. >> reporter: nothing is simple in and around jerusalem. no symbol stirs up more emotions and controversy than the palestinian flag. you'll see the flag in bethl hem in the west bank, and now at the united nations. >> the palestinian will be raised at the united nations. what does that mean to you? >> that's what it means to us as
palestinians that maybe this is the beginning to get the freedom. >> it's the first step forward. i hope it will be followed by more. >> happy when we see the flag, but we don't want to see only flag. >> reporter: what does it change here? >> in essence, nothing much. in theory, or ideology, it means that people are beginning to recognize us. >> i waited a long time ago for this moment. >> i can put many millions, but if you don't, if the flag doesn't -- it's only colors. >> reporter: no surprise we got different answers when we asked israelis the same questions. the palestinian flag will be raised at the u.n. for the first time. what do you think about that? >> i don't agree with it.
>> reporter: what do you think about that? >> i'm happy for that, and i hope it means it's only the beginning for something more than an official action. >> they've had many opportunity to bring peace to their land. all the leaders have offered them amazing deals, and i feel that at this point in time to give them any credence in the world audience is just totally insulting to humanity. >> reporter: the flag raising ceremony gives the palestinian leadership a chance to put the issue or the question of the palestinian state back on the u.n. agenda where it hasn't been the last few days. president obama didn't mention the conflict in his speech, and that was disappointing to palestinian leadership. so this puts it back on the agenda. the question is does it go anywhere from there. that's only part of the story. we're also in the west bank seeing a tremendous amount of tension, a tremendous number of clashes over the last few days
and weeks around one of the holiest sites for jews and muslims. we expect the clashes to become part of speef speeches this afternoon and in netanyahu's speech tomorrow. >> we know you'll be watching for reaction in jerusalem. >> let's get you to kenya where a dispute over teacher's salary is keeping kids out of class. >> the strike is keeping more than 12 million kenyan children at home or spending all day in slum cinemas. >> we have more from nairobi this morning. 12 million students have to get back to school at some point at the very least, this puts the issue of fair teacher pay at teacher stage, but how far apart
are the two opposing sides right now? >> i don't think they could be more far apart, and this is a public schoolteacher's strikes. this is affecting the poorest sector of kenyan society. almost a quarter of kenya's population has nothing to do all day, and the parents holding jobs. both parents working. they can't afford child care. we went to one of nairobi's most vibrant slums to find out. it's one of the summer's hottest block busters, and while the movie "spy" sounds very little like the original, kids pass the day here with discounts were double features. outside there are popsicles for those with 10 u.s. cents to spare, and a spin on a bike for
those with 20, but this isn't a careless day, and in this nairobi slum, very little comes free. what does this mean? >> it means no free. >> no free. okay. >> reporter: across kenya, 12 million children, about a quarter of the country's population are exactly where they shouldn't be. they've been left at home for a month because of a teacher's strike. government says it can't pay the 50% wage increase demands up held in court which are now on appeal. but many kenyans are pointing foul. and president obama's growth called kenya's biggest impediment to growth. >> we have a failed state, and you cannot pay your teachers, you are a completely failed
state. >> reporter: since the strike started, how much do you come to the theater? >> every day. >> i want to reach my goal to be an engineer, so this strike is unfair. >> reporter: for now, some have taken to time to make an extra buck or care for a sibling. it can't compare with school, but it's the best the older children can do to keep the little ones out of trouble while waiting for the grownups to start doing the same. on friday a labor court ordered teachers to return to classrooms on monday giving them 90 days to sort this issue out. but unions have refused and the talks are deadlocked. it must be said that this is the third and final term of the school year here in kaenya. 1.4 million students due to write extremely important exams.
and it's not clear who will mark them. and as i said, the talks are deadlocked. >> and it's a shame. compromise will be key, but you don't want the students to lose 90 more days of school because of it. robin live for us in nairobi. thanks. >> states in the eastern u.s. have already faced days of rain and now there's even more in the forecast. >> that's right. we'll look at the flooding concerns and bring you the complete forecast after this short break. stay with us here on cnn. [announcer] right now at sleep train,
this year when it comes to severe weather for the eastern half of the country, especially into the autumn months. i want to show you what's transpired out of mobile, alabama. heavily rainfall of a foot. and the tropical disturbance was sending moisture north. arlington, virginia, some viewers sharing photo in the basements being brought in. james madison university, a student floating down, having fun, and certainly not something we recommend doing with this much moving water across the region. the concern is we look further south. poised to become a category one inside the next couple hours. the bottom portion of your screen, the gfs model brings a category one hurricane and makes land fall around the virginia coastline sunday night and monday morning.
this would bring tremendous rainfall. the top is the european model. a wide discrepancy as it takes the storm system offshore past bermuda inside the next couple of days. the concern is with the flood watches in place is the rainfall has been there. the model is just going in the next 24 hours. heavy rains expected from new york city toward boston. the most densely populated corner, some areas getting 6 inches of rainfall. south, major cities upwards of 2 inches of rainfall. we want to stop it for you. friday night right before midnight, the upper level energy, massive storm system in the south eastern sector. it's a compact storm with plenty of tropical moisture. look what happens to the tropical feature in the front right there. put it together. they merge, and we have additional rainfall coming in.
kind of resembling what we saw three years ago with super storm sandy when the feature came and interacted with a tropical storm and had ourselves a wet weather maker. if this plays out the way some models are indicating through the next six to seven days, there could be a tremendous amount of rain. the color contours in north carolina would be in excess of 10 or 15 inches, approaching 20 inches of rainfall if that verifies. north, still talking about 4 to 6 inches. this has the potential to be a serious situation with the amount of rainfall that has already come down on top of what could come down this weekend. >> coming with a vengeance in the fall. >> we have this report just in out of moscow. vladimir putin has asked the country's federation council to allow him to use military force
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breaking news this morning, georgia executes its first woman in 70 years and even a plea from the pope couldn't save her. kim davis, the kentucky clerk, once jailed for refusing to do marriage licenses to people, says she met the pope. a risk of being exposed after a hack attack. we are live. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine